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Product Review: Tayst Coffee Roasters Subscription Box Service

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All Photos By Gail

Do you like Coffee? I sure do. I especially love my Kuerig Coffeemaker for its convenience, ease of clean up, and the seemingly endless variety of flavors and drink types available in those little pods. I love it! But I also love the Earth, and the amount of waste that accumulates in landfills from those same little pods is not lost on me. A couple of years ago, I actually purchased a set of reusable plastic coffee pods, which can be filled with your own ground coffee, and then washed and reused again and again. They work fine, but the amount of sediment left in the bottom of the coffee cup after drinking is unappealing to me. Faced with this conundrum, I went back to the regular disposable pods. Sorry, Earth.

Coffee Box

Recently, I was contacted by Tayst Coffee Roasters, a subscription coffee service that delivers high-quality, gourmet coffee pods and supplies directly to your home or office. Tayst is concerned with sustainability, and so all of their pods, bags, cups and related packaging are fully compostable and thus biodegrade. It is a cause for excitement! Tayst sent me a sample box of their delicous coffee to try out for review, and here’s what was in that box:

Bold and Brilliant

Bold and Brilliant Bold Roast, Bag of 10 Pods.

Medium and Magnificent

Medium and Magnificent Medium Roast, Bag of 10 Pods.

Vintage Vanilla Cream

Vintage Vanilla Cream Varietal Roast, Bag of 10 Pods.

That’s an entire month’s worth of coffee! Wow! They also sent me these:

Coffee Pods

4 Random individually-packaged coffee pods of various boldnesses.

Coffee Bag Clips

And these cute little wooden clothespin clips, which are for sealing the open bag to keep the pods fresh! Cute and practical!

Tayst Cups

And they sent me some cups and lids, in case I want to take my coffee to go! So thoughtful!

My Tayst box arrived on a Friday afternoon, so I was excited to make a cup for myself first thing on Saturday morning! I went for the Vanilla Cream first, because flavored coffees are my jam. As you can see, the pod has no hard plastic cup and the coffee is just contained inside a soft, compostable filter.

Coffee Pod Close Up

Here is a close up of the pod.

Coffee in a Pig Mug

While all beverages taste great when served in a Pig Mug, this Tayst coffee is so smooth, rich, robust without being bitter, and the sweet Vanilla Cream flavor really started off my weekend right! I have been enjoying Tayst coffee at home for a few weeks now, and I have come to crave its yumminess.

Of course, there is a good reason why Tayst coffees tastes so fantastic. The beans that go into Tayst coffee are sourced from sustainable farms around the world. These fine beans are roasted, ground fresh and put into compostable single serve cups, and then sent direct to customers. By choosing to source coffee from Rainforest Alliance Certified farms, companies subscribing to Tayst Coffee Box Service are having a demonstrable impact on the ground, conserving natural resources and improving the lives and livelihood of farm communities. Every way you look at it, Tayst Coffee Service is great for the environment!

How It Works

It’s so easy to get started with Tayst Coffee delivery to your home or office. First, choose either Keurig or Nespresso compatible single serve cups in quantities as low as 30, 40 or 50 pods monthly for individual or family use. Prices go down a few cents per cup as you increase your order, and if you are ordering for an office, buying in a larger quantity would make sense. There are subscription plans that deliver as many as 2500 pods per month, at a significant savings.

Next, choose your brew strength. There are two bold roasts, two medium roasts, plus the Vintage Vanilla Cream for flavored coffee fans, and a Defiantly Decaf variety that still maintains its dark, rich coffee characteristics. You can also choose the Tayst Sample Box to get a mix of all varieties.

Coffee Pod Trio

You’re in control of how often and how much coffee you will receive with your subscription. Either set it and forget it or adjust the coffee taste profile, quantity or frequency of your monthly order at will.  Initial office coffee box orders include Tayst Coffee Storage Jars and Tayst Ceramic Coffee Mugs, with the number of each adjusted according to the size of your order. You can also order a sleeve of 20 compostable coffee cups for just $6.00. The best part is that there is no commitment and no contracts to sign. You can cancel your delivery subscription at any time!

Visit  Tayst Dot Com for more information, and to get 30% Off your first box! You’ll be glad you did!

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Nespresso Boutique Storefront and Window Display, Soho

Nespresso Storefront
Photo By Gail

The Nespresso boutique, located on southeast the corner of Prince and Mercer in Soho, really went the extra mile on their Mothers’ Day, decorating, adorning facade of the building in oversize, Pink Blossoms. Happy Mother’s Day!

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Super Coffee!

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Product Review: Keurig K-Cup K10 Mini Plus Coffee Maker!

Keurig C-Cup K10 Mini Plus Coffee Maker
All Photos By Gail

Do you like Coffee? I sure do. Staples just sent me this crazy cute little Keurig K10 Mini Plus Coffee Maker to use and review for The Gig, and I am loving the heck out if it.

Keurig K Cups Pack

The Keurig coffee makers also sent me a box of assorted Kuerig K-Cup Packs containing many different flavored  coffees, and a fantastic “That was Easy” button, which I have wanted to own for, literally, years. So, Christmas in June for Gail.

Staples Easy Button
I Love this Thing

K Cups Variety Pack

The Keurig also comes with a sample pack of six K-Cups to get you started — especially nice if you should receive this item as a gift!

K Cups Variety Pack
Mmm…Donut Shop Coffee…

I have previously wanted to own a Keurig, but was always held back by the fact that I have very limited counter space in my kitchen (seriously, you would be surprised) and they usually look pretty big. But this K10 Mini Plus is the perfect size for a coffee-loving single gal with a shortage of kitchen counter space. How cute is this little thing? Answer: So cute!

Keurig K10 Mini Plus
The Cuteness

However, along the lines of having very little counter space, it was just minutes after removing the Kuerig from its packaging that I discovered a bit of an issue, shall we say, as seen in the photo below.

Keurig K10 Mini Plus Short Chord

The electrical chord is a mere 12-inches long! What is up with that?

Keurig K10 Mini Plus Short Chord Visualized
The Shortness

Needless to say, but you can see I am about to, it was about six  inches short of  reaching the closest electrical outlet. I’m sure that for those of you who are lucky enough to live in sprawling, ranch-style homes with huge kitchens equipped with infinite counter space and electrical outlets along every foot of the wall, the short chord will never come into play. For me, it necessitated a trip to the store to purchase a grounded (three prong) extension chord. In NYC, those will set you back about $10. Forewarned is forearmed.

Keurig Complete Directions

Keurig Directions
Idiot Proof

I will also confess that I am intimidated by anything that runs on batteries or an electrical current, but the Kuerig comes with minutely detailed, step-by-step operating and care instructions, so there is probably no question you could think of that is not answered by the included Set Up Guide and owner’s manual. What a relief.

Keurig K10 Mini Plus with Donut Mug

Finally it was time to make a cup of coffee! The Mini Plus lets you choose how much water you want to use to brew a cup of coffee (6, 8 or 10 ounces), and I have a pretty tall mug, so I poured 10 ounces of water into the reservoir. You can vary the amount of water, I suppose, based of how strong you like your coffee. My Donut Shop (Medium Roast) coffee was the perfect strength with 10 ounces of water.

There are extremely clear instructions on how to turn the machine on, what buttons to push, what lights to expect to flash, what to put where and how long to wait for each stage of the process to complete. It takes just 2 minutes for a cup of fresh coffee to brew, so after you go through the process maybe twice, you will be a pro! I should mention that before making any coffee you need to first do an initial “cleansing brew” with just plain water, which will clean out the machine and get it ready for use.

I am really happy with my Keurig K-10 Mini Plus, which makes a great single cup of coffee, leaves virtually no mess and requires almost no clean up as well – such a break from having to wash a fragile coffee pot and filter basket ever time you make coffee.

The Keurig C-Cup K10 Mini Plus Coffee Maker retails for $99.00 and can be purchased from Staples at This Link.

Cat Latte

Cat Latte
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Here you have a photo of what is possibly the cutest cup of coffee, ever.

Bacon Thing of The Day: Bacon Coffee Cup and Saucer

Bacon Coffee Cup Saucer and Spoon
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I bet a nice hot cup of Maple Bacon Morning Coffee would taste delicious when drunk from this awesome cup! Breakfast is served!

If You Like Coffee…

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Starbucks Announces Two New Drink Sizes

Forget about Tall, Grande and Venti, Starbucks has two new sizes: Plenta and Micra. The Plenta is a 128-ounce drink for caffeine addicts who can’t get enough coffee, and for those who need just a tiny sip, you can get the 2-ounce Micra. And don’t worry about all that paper waste from the new Plenta sized-cup, Starbucks says you can reuse your gigantic Plenta cups in a number of useful ways including as a planter, lampshade or yoga block.

Bacon Thing of The Day: Bacon Addiction Predictor

Are you addicted to bacon?

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The above result is owed to me being unwilling to drink bacon grease, or to give up caffeine for bacon. Because I need my morning coffee and my Coca Cola, man!

Drink Coffee, See Dead People


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By Danny Rose | January 14, 2009
Article from: Australian Associated Press

HEAVY coffee drinkers are more likely to have hallucinations or feel “the presence of dead people”, according to new research. A UK-based study quizzed 200 students on their caffeine intake and found those with the highest consumption were also more prone to report seeing, or hearing, things that were not there. Those who consumed a daily equivalent of seven cups of instant coffee or more – high caffeine users – were three times more likely to have extra-sensory experiences than low users, who had less than one cup daily.

The Durham University study took in all caffeine consumption including coffee but also tea, caffeinated energy drinks or chocolate bars and caffeine pills. “This is a first step towards looking at the wider factors associated with hallucinations,” said lead author, Simon Jones, a PhD student at the university’s psychology department.

“Previous research has highlighted a number of important factors, such as childhood trauma, which may lead to clinically relevant hallucinations. “Given the link between food and mood, and particularly between caffeine and the body’s response to stress, it seems sensible to examine what a nutritional perspective may add.”

When under stress, the body releases a stress hormone called cortisol. More of this stress hormone is released in response to stress when people have recently had caffeine. It is this extra boost of cortisol which may link caffeine intake with an increased tendency to hallucinate, say the scientists. “However, one interpretation may be that those students who were more prone to hallucinations used caffeine to help cope with their experiences,” said study co-author Dr Charles Fernyhough.

“More work is needed to establish whether caffeine consumption and nutrition in general, has an impact on those kinds of hallucination that cause distress.” People taking part in the study reported “seeing things that were not there, hearing voices, and sensing the presence of dead people.”

Mr. Jones said such hallucinations were not necessarily a sign of mental illness, and around three per cent of people regularly heard such voices.

Results of the study are published in the academic journal Personality and Individual Differences.

Thanks to Edward J. Turowski for the Tip!